Author(s): Tufan ZK, Arslan H, Yildiz F, Bulut C, Irmak H,
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Abstract BACKGROUND: Depressive symptoms and myalgia are commonly seen in patients with chronic hepatitis B and chronic hepatitis C. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the efficacy of acupuncture treatment on depressive symptoms and myalgia in patients with hepatitis. METHODS: Of 44 patients with hepatitis screened for depression and myalgia, 28 were enrolled and included in the study. The main outcome measure for depressive symptoms was Beck's Depression Inventory (BDI). For pain/myalgia, patients rated their pain on a scale from 0 to 10. Patients with a score greater than the cut-off point in either score were allocated to acupuncture treatment. The Chinese method of acupuncture was used. Treatment continued for 6 weeks. RESULTS: At baseline, 17/44 patients (39\%) had a BDI score ≥17 and 24 (55\%) had a pain score ≥5. A total of 28 patients were allocated to acupuncture treatment, forming three groups: group 1, 13 patients with high BDI and high myalgia scores; group 2, 11 patients with low BDI score but high myalgia score; group 3, 4 patients with high BDI score but low myalgia score. Adherence to treatment was good; all patients completed the sessions and there were no drop-outs. Significant improvements in end-treatment BDI and in myalgia scores compared with baseline levels was found. CONCLUSION: Acupuncture seems to be a promising treatment for patients with hepatitis. Further studies are warranted in large populations to establish the therapeutic role of acupuncture.
This article was published in Acupunct Med
and referenced in Alternative & Integrative Medicine